The Bears dipped into the Land O' Lakes to help shore up their defensive line, garnering a commitment from Minnesota State Community College rising soph Rusty Becker after his visit to Berkeley this week.
The 6-4/255 defensive end was entirely off the radar coming out of high school at just 6-2/195 but the future Bear defensive tackle is currently 6-4/255, with room to add another 30-40 lbs of good weight after growing two inches and gaining 60 lbs in the last two years.
A full-qualifier out of high school with a 3.25 gpa, Becker is eligible to come in early, whether fall if there's room or spring, which is the current plan after Becker plays his sophomore season at Minnesota State CC.†
"Coming from a Minnesota JuCo, I've been working with BT Thompson and his recruiting services, Thompson College Scouting," said Becker. "He told me and some of the guys we just weren't going to get the attention we needed without getting out there. He said we should go to a bunch of summer camps and Cal was my second one so far.
"It turns out (special teams coach) Mark Tommerdahl is from Fergus Falls, too, so we connected pretty well and know a couple of the same people.
"(Recruiting assistant) Austin Clark and I really hit it off, too. He's a high-motor guy like me. I could really relate to him.
"Coach Tate really emphasized leverage and explosion. I really like his style and the way he relates to players.
"Coach Kaufman's philosophy is to go after the ball and I'm like a dog when it comes to going after the ball so I like that.
"They like my combination of size and flexibility to play defensive tackle at Cal and they like my motor, too," said Becker. "I do yoga pretty regularly to stay flexible. I train regularly with WelleFast and that's helped me get a lot stronger.
"They said they like to rotate a lot there, so guys can play hard and stay fresh. I like the idea of going all-out, all the time."†
The Bay Area weather, campus and facilities were a big hit with Becker and the opportunity to play Pac-12 ball while pursuing a degree at Cal were too big an opportunity to pass up.
"This was my first time in California. It was just amazing at Cal and in the Bay Area. I can get used to it there really quickly.†
"Being the top public university in the country and being highly-rated in so many majors, I'm really looking forward to the academics at Cal."
Becker will enroll in January 2016 as an early entrant and will have three years to play two.
To view Becker's freshman highlights, †click here